Introduction to Scopus - A multidisciplinary access to knowledge

This workshop offers an introduction to SciVerse Scopus. This multidisciplinary database was developed by Elsevier as an alternative to Web of Science and is officially running since 2004. Elsevier describes it as the "World's Largest Database of Abstracts and Cited References" and is highly treasured for its user friendliness worldwide. Similar to Web of Science, Scopus connects the advantages of literature search in classic databases with the search and analyses of literature references and therefore allows citation analysis. Scopus encompasses over 41 million articles (abstracts and citations) from around 18 000 Journals (of which 17 500 are peer-reviewed, meaning that their articles are predominantly evaluated by scientists) of 5000 publishing houses. 90% of the in SCI (Science Citation Index) and SSCI (Social Sciences Citation Index) recorded journals are included in Scopus. Due to heavy critique directed at Web of Science for focusing mainly on the English-speaking world, Scopus makes a special point of including publications in other languages than in English. The percentage of European journals in Scopus is much higher than it is in Web of Science.

Aims: Optimal application of this database, especially the various search functions and the additionally offered analytical tools (Analytics, Journal Analyzer) be it for literature search or for the choice of the right journals for own publications of research results.

Method: Theoretical introduction with concrete examples. In addition the Elsevier Plattform SciVerse and especially the fulltext database ScienceDirect will be presented.


23 March 2021, 2pm - 4pm
Location: online

Registration: online 

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Juan Gorraiz

Juan Gorraiz absolvierte das Studium der Physik an den Universitäten Madrid und Wien. Seit 1987 ist er Leiter der Benutzungs- und Informationsabteilung der zur Universität Wien zugehörigen Österreichischen Zentralbibliothek für Physik, die 2004 Teil der Organisationseinheit Bibliotheks-und Archivwesen der Universität geworden ist. Seit 1991 beschäftigt er sich mit Bibliometrie, sowohl mit der praktischen Anwendung bei der akademischen Evaluation als auch in der Lehre. Er unterrichtet im Rahmen des Fachhochschul-Bachelorstudiengangs Informationsberufe in Eisenstadt und des Interuniversitären Universitätslehrgangs Master of Science "Library and Information Studies" an den Universitäten Wien und Innsbruck. Seit 2008 leitet er das Team Bibliometrie der Universitätsbibliothek Wien und ist Mitglied im Steering Committee sowie Vortragender der neu gegründeten European Summer School for Scientometrics (esss).

Juan Gorraiz hält für das DoktorandInnenzentrum Workshops zu Introduction to the multidisciplinary database Web of Science und Publication Strategies in the Academic "Publish or Perish" Competition sowie zu Introduction to SciVerse Scopus.